Police have released the name of the cyclist who died in a downhill crash in Christchurch on Thursday.

He was 59-year-old Richard Brent Caldwell.

The death has been referred to the coroner and investigations were continuing, police said.

The incident occurred as Mr Caldwell was cycling down Evans Pass Rd about 9.45am on October 8.

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It was not known whether another vehicle was involved.

Evans Pass Rd was closed between Ocean View Terrace and Summit Rd after the incident as the Canterbury Police serious crash unit completed a scene examination.